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Museo Nacional de Textiles del Peru The 89,000-sf museum in downtown Lima exhibits Peru’s collection of ancient and contemporary textiles while also providing spaces for research, preservation, education, and social/community events. It also utilizes lighting, scale, and spatial experience to properly display textiles. The museum’s curvaceous exterior is comprised of metal paneling which offers the durability and weather resistance necessary for the inner city. Both the exterior surfaces and inner structure take inspiration from Peruvian gauzes and create a dialogue between two important issues—illumination and scale. Structural members bind surfaces for earthquake stability. A large lobby provides space for groups to gather, temporary exhibits, and after-hour functions. Galleries loop off the lobby in two linear volumes, allowing visitors to vary their route through the galleries at each subsequent visit. The galleries rise off the ground to provide covered outdoor space below and to take advantage of direct and indirect sunlight. As seen in cross-section, each gallery acquires bounced light off adjacent roofs and facade surfaces. Louvers direct light onto angled ceilings to create diffused, softly illuminated gallery spaces. The dynamic organization for this museum provides easy wayfinding and was influenced by internal and external factors. The temporary gallery, where exhibits change often, has exposure to the street and inner courtyard in order to advertise new shows and increase return patronage. Glazed wall surfaces beneath the galleries are able to open for indoor/outdoor events and benches between the gallery loops also provide skylights for underground rooms.

the landscape. The volumes show an open geometric order that evokes the abstract character of traditional Muslim architecture and decoration in Spain. The program for Flow City/Valencia is linked in three general sections. First, the Green Public Spaces represent the modern spirit of the city, rich in options and aspirations. Spaces are not set together following fixed patterns of functions but according to open arrangements. Second, the Public Museum and Library is a transparent space for the exhibition of modern art, with its main access through an esplanade overlooking the sea. Finally, the Skyscraper is a mixed-used program combining hotel and office space, with retail at the base and the top becoming a vertical extension of the city. The Skyscraper, the primary component of a larger system, will affects its surroundings by providing energy, cooling, and water to adjacent buildings.

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2009: Industrial